Social Studies

Introduction to American History

Students will be introduced to many historical dates, places and people all of which contributed to the development of the United States of America and other countries around the world. Along the course of our journey through time, we will encounter many familiar times, destinations and faces. However, we will not be restricted to just the context of the book and will seek out other interesting tidbits of history. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of why things are today, based on what happened back then. We will also take a look at the most unique document ever written by a group of men for the sole purpose of developing a nation, the Constitution of the United States of America.


Geography

Students will investigate the composition of the world geographically. The features of a particular country, who the indigenous people are, and how people and nature affect that particular country Investigations will determine the effects of natural events such as earth quakes, volcanic eruptions, or hurricanes on the geographic nature of a country. We will also investigate the effects humans have on geography. From the simplest of individual human actions to those of governments and big business, everyone has an effect on geography. Each study will focus on two results of each impacting phenomenon or human action. What are the positive and negative results of each occurrence on the people and land area?


World History Honors

Students will be introduced to many views and observations concerning the world, its people, their cultures, and the interaction of nations. As Christians, we will focus on the religions of the world, how they have spread (particularly Christianity) and how changes have occurred. Students will be engaged in discussions concerning the events which caused religious change, and how that same event may have caused other changes throughout the world. Students will study examples of people and nations who either followed God's standard or failed to do so. We will journey from the Dark Ages to present day and visit various corners of the earth.


AP United States History

The AP U .S . History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U. S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship . An AP U. S. History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. I would like to begin by emphasizing that this is, by design, a college level course in a high school setting. The nature of an AP course dictates that students MUST be willing and motivated to complete regular, and often difficult, reading assignment, essays, and projects. This can be a difficult class but it will push you to grow academically and intellectually; completing this course is a great accomplishment! This class is designed to offer students a comprehensive look at major patterns and civilizations in United States history from Beringia to modern times. The material included in this Course Description and the exam is not intended as an endorsement by the College Board of the content, ideas, or values expressed. The exam is representative of this course and is an appropriate tool to measure skills and knowledge in the field of United States history. This course is designed to challenge students who have shown the ability to think critically and perform at a high level. The class format is lecture/discussion based and focuses on the development of writing skills and critical analysis. Our goal in this class is each student scoring well enough to qualify for college credits.


AP Government and Politics: United States

This AP course in United States Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U. S. Government and Politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U. S. Government and Politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Certain topics are usually covered in all college courses and will be covered in this course. I would like to begin by emphasizing that this is, by design, a college level course in a high school setting. The nature of an AP course dictates that students MUST be willing and motivated to complete regular, and often difficult, reading assignment, essays, and projects. This course is designed to challenge students who have shown the ability to think critically and perform at a high level. The Advanced Placement Program (AP) offers an exam in Government and Politics. It is intended for qualified students to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course in United States Government and Politics. The exam presumes at least one semester of college-level preparation. The material included in this Course Description and the exams is not intended as an endorsement by the College Board of the content, ideas, or values expressed. The exam is representative of this course and is therefore an appropriate tool to measure skills and knowledge in the fields of Government and Politics. The class format is lecture/discussion based and focuses on the development of writing skills and critical analysis. Our goal in this class is each student scoring well enough to qualify for college credits.


AP European History

This course is designed for sophomores to prepare students for the AP European History exam in May of each year. It covers the social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and diplomatic history of Europe from 1300 to the present. Much of the course centers on the Roman Catholic Church, and its overall impact on Europe as a whole for the last seven centuries. During the year, the students will be provided with the opportunity to examine primary sources, such as documentary material, pictorial and graphic materials, maps, political cartoons, statistical tables, and works of art. Additional reading, primary source documents, internet research, and articles supplement the main textbooks. Students are encouraged to use novels, videos, historic sites, and hands-on projects to enhance their learning experience. Each month's work will include assigned readings from the texts, essays, weekly quizzes, note cards and a project of some kind.